Day 14 – Painting for Parkinson’s – To Follow the Call of the Loon

CalloftheLoon_9239-web‘To Follow the Call of the Loon’
Canoes on the edge of Bowness Park in Calgary
8″x10″ unframed oil on canvas
by Cheryl Peddie

This painting has SOLD!

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I will be donating 50% of this painting’s sale price to the Parkinson Alberta Society!

This painting almost didn’t happen. It was a day of changed plans, delays and frustration. I won’t go into the details, but the end result was that I didn’t get into my studio until after the supper hour. I felt irritated with myself for being so late with this one. But once I sat down at my easel, looking through treasured photos, I was so thankful to be home and back in my soothing painting environment. The day faded a bit as I got into my familiar, comforting rhythm of blending and applying paint to my canvas.

The photo I chose was this evening setting of a small dock and set of canoes in Bowness Park, here in Calgary. It actually reminded me of Dad, and one of the ways I believe he found rhythm and comfort in his life. Our family had a lovely little cabin at Anglin Lake in Saskatchewan. As it was just a three hour drive from Saskatoon we spent many summer weekends there when I was young.

I remember all the early mornings Dad took our ‘Alumacraft’ canoe and his camera gear, and headed down to the lake. He’d paddle and drift, allowing the morning light to set the stage for his photographs. He’d capture the lake at it’s most still, and the loons as they were waking up and calling to announce the arrival of morning. He noticed every little detail; the bits of sparkle on the water; all the foliage and forest around the lake that got set aglow by the sunrise. And the way he captured it all in his photographs made it seem even more magical.

So seeing these little canoes in my photo albums brought me back to those days. It made me think of how content Dad must have felt on his early-morning canoe rides. Savoring some time alone on the lake to bask in the quiet and the warmth of the sun; to listen to the ‘dip, dip, sploop’ rhythm of his oar as he made his way across the lake, following the call of the loon.

Please note that because this painting has been created in oil, it can take up to 3-4 weeks to dry and fully cure enough to safely deliver to you. Thanks so much for your understanding.

Art Demo Today!

It’s going to be a great day! Just getting ready to go to one of my favorite places in the world, Galleria. Will be bringing along my easel and doing a painting demonstration, so if you’re interested in watching me create or learning a bit about painting in oil, stop by. I’ll be there from 1pm until 4:00. And I’m always happy to chat with folks who stop by, and share what I’ve learned about painting and creativity!

Today, I’ll be finishing one I started yesterday entitled ‘Petit Point’, one of my newest still-life pieces for my ‘In the Kitchen’ series. (The painting above is one I created at a demo I did at the ‘Canadian Artists for the Poor‘ art show last week.)

Galleria is located at:
907 – 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-270-3612
Galleria is open from 12pm until 5:00pm today.
Lots of free parking – enter off 8th Street SE into the alleyway behind the store.

Thanks for reading, hope to see you there! Take care, from Cheryl.

Autumn Art Shows Begin!

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to be part of this summer’s last ‘Canadian Artists for the Poor’ show and sale along Stephen Ave in downtown Calgary. The skies were clear and sunny but the fall chill made a warm cup of coffee a must! Still, we enjoyed a great turnout.

I brought my easel for the day and painted a small landscape. Even though I was still painting from a photo, I was surprised to see how clean my colors turned out. I believe it was because I was painting in natural light, rather than room lighting.

For these independent art shows, I’ve collected a variety of telescoping metal easels. They’re lightweight, and collapse down small enough they just tuck away into a corner of my trunk. Easy-peasy! And the best thing about them is that I can rearrange my space in a heartbeat. This was my morning setup (above). Once the light got high enough to reach over the buildings, I switched things around to catch the great afternoon light (below):

Thanks so much to ‘Canadian Artists for the Poor’ and Julie Chandler, for hosting such a great event. For more info about their charity and endeavors, please visit: It’s fulfilling to be able to share my work with the public, while supporting a worthwhile cause at the same time.

If you’d like to see more of my work in person, join me at one of my art shows and painting demonstrations still coming up. Please visit my ‘Upcoming Events’ page for more details. Have a particular image in mind you’d like to see as a painting? Commissions are always welcome.